Gisbert Haefs

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Gisbert Haefs (2010)

Gisbert Haefs [ hɑːfs ] (born January 9, 1950 in Wachtendonk ) is a German writer and translator . He is the brother of Hanswilhelm Haefs and Gabriele Haefs .


Haefs studied English and Hispanic studies from 1968 to 1976 at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . During his studies he composed and interpreted macabre chansons , which were also released on record in 1981 under the title Bizarre Chants .

He then worked as a freelance writer and translator of Spanish, French and English-language literature, a. a. by Adolfo Bioy Casares , Arthur Conan Doyle , GK Chesterton , Georges Brassens and Mark Twain . In 2004 Haefs provided a translation of all the lyrics (Lyrics 1962–2001) by Bob Dylan , published by Hoffmann und Campe . For the works of Rudyard Kipling , Ambrose Bierce and Jorge Luis Borges , he not only acted as translator, but also as editor of the German-language complete editions. Haefs also published a selection of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's aphorisms under the title Sudelbrevier and wrote numerous articles for the literary magazine Der Rabe . In 2005 he translated Hugh Lofting's children 's book Doctor Dolittle and his Animals .

In addition, Haefs wrote numerous novels and stories from different genres such as B. the science fiction tetralogy about Dante Barakuda or detective novels about the anti-hero and "universal dilettante" Baltasar Matzbach and the unwilling agent Mario Guderian.

The (crime) stories about the triumvirate were produced by WDR as a radio play and are repeatedly broadcast on the radio. Three of the radio plays ( Das Triumvirat , Das Triumvirat thinks , Das Triumvirat is crazy ) were published as audio books by Audiobuch-Verlag in 2006 , a fourth ( Das Triumvirat hext ) was performed live on September 28, 2007 with new speakers.

His historical novels from ancient times , written with great detailed knowledge and empathy, are particularly successful , in which Haefs often breaks through the image that has prevailed since the Renaissance and describes historical events from a new perspective, such as the story of Hannibal from the perspective of the third Punic War submerged Carthaginians .

He also contributed two so-called guest novels to the science fiction series Perry Rhodan . The Iron Finger of God appeared as volume 2289 of the booklet series on July 1, 2005; The Tamaron (volume 2758) followed on June 27, 2014.

Gisbert Haefs is a member of the Kipling Society in London and the crime writers' association The Syndicate .

As a popular author in Spain , he takes part in the "Semana Negra" (the "Black Week") in Gijón every year.


Detective novels

Balthasar Matzbach

  • 1981: Murder on the Millions Hill
  • 1983: And upstairs is a raven
  • 1984: The double grave in Provence
  • 1985: Murderers and Martens
  • 1993: Matzbach's navel
  • 1996: No free beer for Matzbach
  • 1998: Cuddle murder
  • 2003: Fireworks for Matzbach
  • 2012: Final rescue kiss
  • 2015: Incidents (Story Collection)

Mario Guderian

  • 1996: The general's giggle
  • 2000: Andalusian departure


  • 1987: The Triumvirate (short stories)
  • 1989: The shadow lane
  • 1990: Joyful Events (Stories)
  • 1996: On the border (short stories)
  • 1998: Love, Death and Münstereifel (short stories)
  • 2000: I dream of you in the grave
  • 2001: a nasty surprise

Science fiction novels

Dante Barakuda:

  1. 1986: Shilgat arms smugglers
  2. 1986: The killer mothers of Pasdan (Volume 1 and Volume 2 together also under the title Pasdan )
  3. 1986: The Free Traders of Cadhras (also under the title Gashiri )
  4. 1986: The Summits of Banyadir (also called Banyadir )
  • 1994: Dream time for agents
  • 2007: The Travels of the Mungo Carteret

Perry Rhodan

Historical novels


Alexander the Great:

  • Alexander. The novel of the unification of Greece Hellas. Haffmans Verlag, Zurich 1992
  • Alexander - The novel of the conquest of a world empire Asia. Gutenberg Book Guild, Frankfurt am Main 1993
  • Alexander's heirs. Alexander 3. Heyne Verlag, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-453-26856-2 .

Jakob Spengler:



  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet. Work edition volume 1. Haffmans Verlag, Zurich.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles. , Work edition volume 3. Haffmans Verlag, Zurich.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Work edition volume 5. Haffmans Verlag, Zurich.
  • Bob Dylan: Lyrics 1962-2001. All lyrics. German English. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 978-3-455-01591-1 .
  • Robert Shelton: Bob Dylan. No Direction Home. His life, his music 1941-1978. Edel Germany, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-8419-0065-4 .
  • Rudyard Kipling: Overboard. Edition Büchergilde, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-86406-060-1 .


As well as numerous awards in Spain, where his books are published by Edhasa.


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